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Somerville Standoff Ends Safely

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An armed standoff ends in a man in custody. (Jim Smith/WBZ-TV)

An armed standoff ends in a man in custody. (Jim Smith/WBZ-TV)

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SOMERVILLE (AP) —Police in Somerville say a standoff with a 28-year-old man who held two family members hostage at knifepoint has ended peacefully after several hours.

Police say they were called to a home on George Street at about 8:45 a.m. Sunday. They say the man was threatening to harm the two relatives and himself.

A police SWAT team and negotiators responded to the scene. Authorities say the man eventually let the family members go and was removed from the home in a stretcher at about noon.

Police say the man was taken to a hospital for evaluation and no charges have been filed at this time. The man’s name hasn’t been released.

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